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#21 Daniel

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:00 AM

Wait till next season, or at least a game against a non-rival that you have a decent chance of getting 15k+ attendance. Both Stevens' and Dano's ceremonies were sell outs. Wouldn't want a half empty building or a crowd that consists of 5000 Ranger/Flyer fans.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:02 AM

do it when the Ducks where in town.


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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:08 AM

I know you'd like to have attitude be the main factor as opposed to ability and accomplishment alone. It's like -- he feels like an ex-wife not a dearly departed. Like you can't ignore all that you went through even if it sucked ass on some levels. I feel like retired numbers are not just players but relationships and this was not a good relationship. Stevens is The Bible, Dano is every Stephen King book.... Neidermayer - he's some sh!t classic Kafka everyone hated but you're glad you were forced to read it so you can extoll it's virtues when you run into some pedantic asswipe and it looks impressive in your library.


I laughed when I read this, it's exactly how I feel, expressed much more eloquently. I especially love the literary references, as I am an avid reader.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:10 AM

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:37 AM

Nieds was one of 5 to win all 3 Cups here. Marty, Stevens, Dano, Nieds and SARGE! Nieds is a first ballot HOFer and deserves to have his jersey up in the rafters of THE ROCK!


Geez, I forgot Marty. My bad.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:41 AM

Unless it was a Friday or Saturday night against a marquee opponent, the game would not sell out.



I agree with patty elias
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:41 AM

I'm indifferent at this point, I really have no opinion anymore about the topic. If it happens, it's fine. If it doesn't happen, that's fine as well. I just wish they would have given us more notice if they are really going to do it and I just hope people don't boo him.

Edited by Satans Hockey, 04 February 2011 - 11:42 AM.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:24 PM

It's sad how many people are still bitter about him taking less money to play with his brother. :rolleyes:
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:28 PM

It's sad how many people are still bitter about him taking less money to play with his brother. :rolleyes:


I'm not bitter. I said I didn't care what the Devils did with Mike Mottau's number.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:50 PM

I agree about with the sentiment to wait until next season at this point. I also think it would be a nice touch if they did it when Anaheim comes in as well.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:53 PM

Toss aside the talk that the wounds still haven't healed yet for some fans ... if this thing still isn't planned yet and there are only 16 homes games left to get it organized, then c'mon Lou, hold off on it. There's no rush. The guy was a great Devil and deserves more than a rush-job of a ceremony.


Im firmly in the camp that he deserves it, but I hardly see it as a rush-job with 16 games over 2-3 months left. Theres plenty of time to put something together that would be beneficial to him and the fans. We have games against Montreal and Toronto at home in April, Id like to see it at one of those if it has to be done this season.

Edited by ghdi, 04 February 2011 - 12:57 PM.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:58 PM

It's sad how many people are still bitter about him taking less money to play with his brother. :rolleyes:


/me thinks it was the indecisiveness, not the ultimate decision

oh, and that goes both ways. LL was indecisive about locking him in earlier.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:02 PM

It's sad how many people are still bitter about him taking less money to play with his brother. :rolleyes:



Very true. When he left I was upset, but at least I could understand the reason and it was not out of greed unlike other past players. Same goes for Rafalski and he got to play on the team he grew up watching so more power to him.

Scotty should have his # retired. Future Hall of Famer, 3 time cup Champion with Devils, All-star, brief captain.

Im firmly in the camp that he deserves it, but I hardly see it as a rush-job with 16 games over 2-3 months left. Theres plenty of time to put something together that would be beneficial to him and the fans. We have games against Montreal and Toronto at home in April, Id like to see it at one of those if it has to be done this season.



Plus who is to say that they only started planning now? Perhaps they have not set a date yet because they have been trying to organize something for a while that would fit into everyone's schedules. There will probably be former Devils in attendance and would have to see when they can make it.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:05 PM

Nieds was awesome, again, but not a retiree. He willingly departed the Devils who were ready to make him the highest paid player on the roster. Thanks for the rings, Nieds, and I love you, but when you went to Anaheim, you should have sacrificed any chance at getting your jersey in the rafters. Are we going to retire the jersey of every great player that spends substantial time in NJ? That, to me, is something the Rangers do. Not us.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:28 PM

Nieds was awesome, again, but not a retiree. He willingly departed the Devils who were ready to make him the highest paid player on the roster. Thanks for the rings, Nieds, and I love you, but when you went to Anaheim, you should have sacrificed any chance at getting your jersey in the rafters. Are we going to retire the jersey of every great player that spends substantial time in NJ? That, to me, is something the Rangers do. Not us.


IMO this is very near-sighted. He didn't leave with animosity. He left to go play with family. Sure, he waited too long to decide and Lou also waited too long + knee jerked getting his replacements, but he started his career with us, without him we likely don't have those next 2 Cups.

He, moreso than anyone who has ever left the team, is deserving of this honor. Id say 13 seasons with us out of 18 years in the NHL total is more than enough service to earn this.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:30 PM

Im firmly in the camp that he deserves it, but I hardly see it as a rush-job with 16 games over 2-3 months left. Theres plenty of time to put something together that would be beneficial to him and the fans. We have games against Montreal and Toronto at home in April, Id like to see it at one of those if it has to be done this season.


I've got tickets to that game against the Habs and have been there for both prior number retirements, so that'd be cool. But Montreal fans travel. I'd hate to hear a bunch of that ole bullsh!t break out in the middle of his speech.

Edit: I place none of the blame on Lou for the summer Nieds left. IIRC, he flew out to B.C. a couple times and made the biggest offer he could. Scotty was indecisive, and by the time he inked with the Ducks the replacement pool was so thin that Malakhov and McGillis were all that were left. Credit to Rafalski for being as patient with Lou as he was that summer.

Edited by DaneykoIsGod, 04 February 2011 - 01:33 PM.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:32 PM

I've got tickets to that game against the Habs and have been there for both prior number retirements, so that'd be cool. But Montreal fans travel. I'd hate to hear a bunch of that ole bullsh!t break out in the middle of his speech.


Montreal fans tend to be respectful I've found. They respect good hockey players. You're right though, I doubt it would be against a team like that.

The last game against Boston would be an alright candidate as well.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:33 PM

Wait a couple years. Don't understand the rush to do this.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:54 PM

Nieds was awesome, again, but not a retiree. He willingly departed the Devils who were ready to make him the highest paid player on the roster. Thanks for the rings, Nieds, and I love you, but when you went to Anaheim, you should have sacrificed any chance at getting your jersey in the rafters. Are we going to retire the jersey of every great player that spends substantial time in NJ? That, to me, is something the Rangers do. Not us.



You are nuts. Just because he was not a "lifer" he shoudn't have his jersey retired?!?!? Talk about SOUR GRAPES. To compare this to what the Rags do is laughable. Nieds is a FIRST BALLOT HALL OF FAMER, 3 TIME CUP CHAMPION WITH THIS FRANCHISE and was a huge part of our defensive corps the entire time he was here. How many jerseys did the Rags retire of sure fire HOF'ers and 3x Cup Champs? (3 Cups with the Rags that is) I'll wait....
The only jerseys as of right now that should/will be retired by the Devils is Marty, Elias, and Nieds. All 3 of these guys will have their numbers besides the #3 and #4 that are already up.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:57 PM

Wait a couple years. Don't understand the rush to do this.


Whats the difference if its done this year or in 2013?
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